Pupil Services Specialist (12 Month) (35 Hour)


Recruitment #230120-6659T4-001


Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference, do what you are passionate about and receive personal fulfillment? If you are that candidate, then we invite you to take this opportunity to join our team! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is looking for multiple qualified applicants to join our team as a Pupil Services Specialist! These roles will be a part of our newly created Juvenile Justice Educational Oversight Unit (JJEOU).

State employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage 
  • A generous retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • 13 paid holidays
  • A healthy work/life balance
Your role as a Pupil Services Specialist: 
  • Pupil Service Specialist works to collaborate with receiving schools, youth serving agencies, employers, and other community supports to plan and manage successful transition. Inclusive of all agencies (juvenile justice, probation, school)
  • Advocate for students' academic, social and emotional well-being, as well as support student’s efforts to find employment, post graduate options and beyond. The PSS is also responsible for communicating with reentry coordinators, and student’s network of supports
  • Track educational credits of youth while in and out of home placement and document the success of placements following youths’ reentry into their communities through strategic goal setting and progress monitoring
Our Ideal Candidate Will: 
  • Be organized, resourceful, and have strong time management skills
  • Possess strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Have the ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines
  • Be detail-oriented and be adaptable
  • Have experience working with confidential and time-sensitive information
  • All roles are full-time, first shift, 35 hours per week
  • Monday - Friday Schedules
  • Located in our Central Office in Hartford
  • These roles will require statewide travel
The JJEOU was established to assure youth and young adults in juvenile justice facilities are receiving educational services and supports consistent with the standards of the Connecticut State Department of Education and meets the performance expectation of the Commissioner of the DCF. 

At DCF, we have a mission of Partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive. We hope you take this opportunity to join our team and help us to complete our mission!

Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. We are no longer accepting resumes in accordance with PA 21-69. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.
Important Information After You Apply:
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to
Connect With Us:
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
  • Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives via email at



In a state institution, facility or region within a state unified school district, performs professional services within the area of pupil personnel and special education services in a school setting and serves in a resource capacity and consultant to teachers.


Performs services for students in the area of special training such as educational diagnosis, counseling, speech and hearing, social work, or psychological services; serves in a resource capacity to educational staff and other appropriate individuals; confers with parents and teachers concerning individual students and assists in planning educational programs; keeps records and makes necessary reports; may serve as liaison with school systems and community services; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of the philosophy and methods of service delivery to the assigned disciplines; knowledge of the principles and practices of education and or services for special needs population; ability to motivate students; ability to communicate at the appropriate level; ability to establish cooperative relationships with those contacted in planning educational programs; ability to prepare written reports; ability to perform educational testing.


A Master's degree which includes a planned program of preparation for the field in which the special services are performed.


  • Experience acting as a liaison between students, former education placements, outside agencies, local school programs, and other interested parties 
  • Experience with individual and group counseling of students
  • Experience participating and contributing student information as a member of the Student Study Teams (SST) and Planning and Placement Team (PPT) process
  • Experience monitoring the achievement of Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Individual Transition Plan (ITP) objectives 
  • State of Connecticut certification in at least one of the following: School Counselor (068), School Psychologist (070), School Social Worker (071) or Special Education (065)


1. Incumbents in this class must possess an appropriate certificate issued by the Connecticut State Board of Education in special education or special services areas such as school counselor (elementary or secondary), speech and hearing consultant, school psychologist, psychological examiner or school social worker.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle operator's license.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made prior to appointment.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.